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Félix Hernández lands on 10-day injured list with right shoulder strain

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One day after notching his 2,500th career strikeout, Mariners hurler Félix Hernández landed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain. In corresponding moves, the club selected the contract of right-handed reliever Parker Markel from Triple-A Tacoma, recalled reliever Dan Altavilla from Double-A Arkansas, and optioned outfielder Braden Bishop.

According to comments given by the pitcher on Sunday, Hernández said he experienced a pinching sensation while working through his last start, adding that his shoulder “just doesn’t feel right.” The full extent of his injury is currently unknown, though he’s expected to undergo an MRI following the Mariners’ series finale against the Red Sox. It’s not yet certain how long he’ll be out of commission.

While Hernández has a long history of arm injuries, this looks to be the first significant setback he’s experienced so far this season. Following Saturday’s disastrous start, during which he gave up a season-high seven runs shortly after recording strikeout no. 2,500 against Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis, he’s 1-4 through eight starts with a 6.52 ERA, 1.9 BB/9, and 7.9 SO/9 through 38 2/3 innings.

In his place, Markel will assume Hernández’s roster spot and step into a bullpen role. The 28-year-old inked a minor league pact with the Mariners last September and impressed in his first month of Double-A and Triple-A ball, where he put up a cumulative 0.52 ERA, 3.6 BB/9, and 18.2 SO/9 in 17 1/3 innings. Things didn’t go nearly as smoothly during his major league debut on Sunday, when he took the ball from Marco Gonzales in the bottom of the fifth and promptly gave up two runs on a Chavis two-run single.

Cardinals’ bullpen loses combined no-hit bid with two outs in the eighth inning

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Update (10:04 PM EST): Orlando Arcia reached on a fielding error by DeJong. Gallegos bounced back, inducing weak fly outs from Ryan Braun and Trent Grisham. Yasmani Grandal ended the dream, yanking a double down the right field line.

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Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson flirted a no-hitter, but was unable to make it through the seventh inning. The right-hander kept the Brewers hitless through 6 2/3 innings on Monday evening at Busch Stadium, striking out six and walking four on 111 pitches. Hudson’s career-high was 112 pitches, so it was not surprising to see manager Mike Shildt take Hudson out of the game after a two-out walk to Eric Thames. Giovanny Gallegos entered the game and got Ben Gamel to ground out to end the inning.

Hudson, 24, entered the night 11-6 with a 3.82 ERA and a 97/59 K/BB ratio in 127 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals provided Hudson three runs of support. Kolten Wong knocked in a run with a ground out in the fifth inning and Dexter Fowler added an RBI single later in the frame. Paul DeJong crushed a solo homer to left field in the sixth to make it 3-0.

The last Cardinals no-hitter was thrown by Bud Smith on September 3, 2001 against the Padres. The Brewers were last no-hit on June 12, 2007 by Justin Verlander, then with the Tigers. If the Cardinals were to complete the no-hitter, it would be the fourth of the 2019 season and the third combined no-hitter.

We will update this thread as the Cardinals’ bullpen attempts to keep the Brewers hitless through the final two innings.